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Rafe Esquith

Rafe Esquith is beginning his eighteenth year at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles. He is the product of the Los Angeles public schools and a graduate of UCLA. His many honors and awards include the 1992 Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, a Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, Parents Magazine’s As You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and an MBE from Queen Elizabeth. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara Tong.

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Lighting Their Fires
Written by Rafe Esquith
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | June 2010
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311766-7 (0-14-311766-1)

The New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire shares his proven methods for creating compassionate children

During twenty-five years of teaching at Hobart Elementary School in inner city Los Angeles, Rafe Esquith has helped thousands of children maxi­mize their potential—and became the only teacher... Read more






Real Talk for Real Teachers
Written by Rafe Esquith
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | June 2014
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312561-7 (0-14-312561-3)

The New York Times–bestselling author and world-renown teacher offers no-nonsense wisdom for teachers of all ages

There’s no one teachers trust more to give them classroom advice than Rafe Esquith. After more than thirty years on the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours familiar to every dedicated educator. But... Read more






Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire
Written by Rafe Esquith
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311286-0 (0-14-311286-4)

Read Rafe Esquith's posts on the Penguin Blog.

The New York Times bestseller that is revolutionizing the way Americans educate their kids-"Rafe Esquith is a genius and a saint" (The New York Times)

Perhaps the most famous fifth-grade teacher in America, Rafe Esquith has won numerous awards and even honorary citizenship... Read more






Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire
Written by Rafe Esquith
Viking | Hardcover | January 2007
$24.95/31.00(Canada) | 978-0-670-03815-2 (0-670-03815-6)

Read Rafe Esquith's posts on the Penguin Blog.

From one of America’s most celebrated educators, an inspiring guide to transforming every child’s education

In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation immigrants who... Read more






There Are No Shortcuts
Written by Rafe Esquith
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3083-5 (1-4000-3083-8)

Year after year, Rafe Esquith’s fifth-grade students excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra; and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearen actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen. Yet Esquith teaches at an L.A. innercity school known as the Jungle, where few of his... Read more





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